Youth United for Community Action

Youth United for Community Action

"Locked out of the legal means of material survival, looked down upon by predatory politicians and police, left with the least relevant educational opportunities, talked at with contempt and not talked to with love-- is there any question why such youth are alienated?... 

They look at the lives they live and see not "civil rights progress", but a drumbeat of civil repression by a state at war with their dreams.

Why the surprise?

This is not the lost generation....

They are the children of the L.A. rebellion, the children of the MOVE bombing, the children of the Black Panthers, and the grandchildren of Malcolm; far from lost, they are probably the most aware generation since Nat Turner's; they are not so much lost as they are mislaid, discarded by this increasingly racist system that undermines their inherent worth. They are all potential revolutionaries, with the historical power to transform our dull realities.

If they are lost, find them." 

Mumia Abu Jamal -- Journalist, Black Panther, Political Prisoner



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Community Input Needed on City Manager Qualities and Characteristics

  • City Council Chambers (1st Floor) 2415 University Ave East Palo Alto, CA, 94303 United States (map)

As many of you know, East Palo Alto is recruiting for a new City Manager – and the City needs your input and ideas about the qualities and characteristics this person should have that will best serve your community.

You’re invited to attend and participate in a community workshop where you and other engaged community members will have the opportunity to let the City know what the community needs in its next City Manager. The input will help formulate materials and guide ongoing recruitment efforts for the City Manager.

The workshop will be hosted by representatives from CPS-HR, the executive recruitment firm hired by the City Council to recruit for this crucial City function. This firm will be creating the recruitment materials which will be used to attract the highest quality candidates, so this workshop is a great opportunity to ensure the community’s voice is heard in that recruitment.

The recruitment is expected to take several months – the City Council hopes to appoint the new City Manager by February, 2015. In the meantime, Mr. Carlos Martinez of the Community and Economic Development Department, is set to be appointed by the Council as Interim City Manager on October 7th, to serve until the permanent selection is made.

Appointed by the City Council, the City Manager is the administrative head of city government. The City Manager implements all City Council policy decisions and directions, provides leadership and direction to department heads and other staff, and works with the Council and staff to develop action plans and programs for the operation of the City’s functions. An essential responsibility of the City Manager is the ability to fully engage the community and all of its stakeholders, to hear their concerns and ideas, and to help them create and act on opportunities for making our community a better place.

Please plan on attending this important community workshop, where you can contribute to helping the City Council find the best possible City Manager for East Palo Alto.